Gecko Canoeing & Trekking
Gecko Canoeing and Trekking
Gecko Canoeing and Trekking are a locally based company offering fully guided canoe and kayak tours of the Katherine River and multi-day hiking adventures throughout the Top End, including the Jatbula Trail in Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge). The canoe/kayak tours operate in the non-gorge section of the river, exploring the secluded reaches of this interesting river system, its many different habitats and the abundant wildlife. This is a nature lovers dream and a truly unique Top End experience. As a Savannah Guide Enterprise with highly qualified guides, their target is to totally engross their guests in an unforgettable environmental experience in the tropical savannah of the Katherine region. Trips comprise the most serene and pristine camp sites you may ever encounter. In the past, Gecko Canoeing and Trekking has worked with a huge range of guests including families, youth groups, corporate executives and backpackers, all wanting a unique and memorable experience.
3 Day Katherine River Safari
Gecko Canoeing’s most popular trip. Using top quality equipment and accredited, qualified guides, this trip covers 40 to 55 kilometres of wildlife rich river, downstream from Katherine and away from the crowds. Fed by springs and soaks throughout the long ‘Dry Season’, the river below the Gorge, winds through rocky banks, paperbark forests, small rapids and pandanus channels. Comfortable bush camping, great dining, fantastic service and wildlife encounters – it all adds up to being a unique experience. A trip you will never forget.
The Jatbula Trail
The Jatbula Trail is a trip of a lifetime, giving you the opportunity to walk through Nitmiluk National Park from the famous Nitmiluk Gorge to Leliyn (Edith Falls). The trail is an ancient ‘Message stick’ trail used by the Jawoyn people. Overlooking the Seventeen Mile Valley and beyond, the trail features magnificent waterfalls tumbling from the high sandstone escarpment, these then feed into creeks surrounded by shady monsoon forests and the rock outcrops of the escarpment provide great opportunities to view stunning ancient rock art.
You will hike between 10-17kms per day, completely dependant on your campsite destinations, which can be reached between 12pm and 2pm each day. On arriving at camp you are free to relax, swim, read and enjoy the beauty of your surrounds. Each campsite has its own water source, from a small babbling spring fed creek to a 30 metre high waterfall. Each afternoon brings about a different pool or spa to sit back and relax in. Each day will also present a new set of challenges, from river crossings to hill climbs (nothing too big), there will be flat open country on the top of the escarpment and boggy wet country along the creeks that we follow. Something new around every corner, whether you are an experienced hiker or just someone who is willing to try something new and exciting.
“I am a proud Savannah Guide Enterprise and have been guiding in the region for over 25 years. I also offer customized multi-day birdwatching guided tours across the Top End and am a qualified Senior Savannah Guide.”